With his Oscar nomination, Lin-Manuel Miranda is on the brink of an EGOT
By ELAHE IZADI | The Washington Post | Published: January 24, 2017
If you feel like Lin-Manuel Miranda is all over the place, well, it’s because he is. And he has the awards to prove it.
On Jan. 24, the playwright, writer, rapper, actor and composer received an Oscar nomination for best original song for writing “How Far I’ll Go,” from the animated movie “Moana.”
With a win, Miranda would join the dozen other people who have reached EGOT status by winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Although Miranda faces some stiff competition — two songs from “La La Land” are also nominated — winning an Oscar would take Miranda to EGOT level within just nine years, which would be the shortest time it’s taken for anyone else to get there. (Songwriter Robert Lopez clinched his after 10.) Miranda also wouldn’t be the first person of Puerto Rican descent to have an EGOT, as actress Rita Moreno has won the four awards.
Miranda has one Emmy, two Grammys and three Tonys. He first won a Tony in 2008 and a Grammy in 2009, both for “In the Heights.” He won a Primetime Emmy in 2014 for the music in the 67th Annual Tony Awards.
He also appears to be the first potential MacPEGOT holder, which includes winning his Pulitzer (which he did in 2016 for “Hamilton”) and his MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” (received in 2015).
According to the Wall Street Journal, two other composers have PEGOTs (so, minus the genius grant): Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch.